UAB Surgery Raises Money for the AAES Foundation

This week, UAB Endocrine Surgery participated in the Virtual Art and Experience Auction to benefit the American Association for Endocrine Surgeons Foundation. Our own Herbert Chen served along with Dr. Janice Pasieka of the University of Calgary as our venerated auctioneers. An amazing time was had by all bidding on items including (but not limited to):
Scotch Tasting with Dr. Quan Duh of UCSF, Waterskiing with Dr. Herb Chen and Dr. Carmen Solorzano of Vanderbilt University, and Painting and Wine with Dr. Janice Pasieka and Dr. Steve Libutti from Rutgers. Over 16,000 dollars was raised in one night for this incredible organization.

See the list of amazing art pieces purchased by our faculty below!

The Endocrine Surgery crew, enjoying some excellent Birmingham food and getting ready to bid our hearts out!


 

Original artwork by artist Corrine Smith, purchased by our own Dr. Jessica Fazendin



 

Print of Dr. William Halsted’s original drawing of the blood supply to the parathyroids, purchased after the most intense bidding war of the night by our own Dr. Brenessa Lindeman!
Original watercolor by Dr. Walter Pories, purchased by Harriet and Herbert Chen

UAB Endocrine Surgery Research Group Takes on Chicago

Our UAB Endocrine Surgery Research Group flew the coop to Chicago last week to attend the annual Society for Asian Academic Surgeons meeting. Nine abstracts were presented by our talented faculty and trainees. SAAS label bourbon, hand selected from Riff Distillery by our own Herbert Chen was enjoyed by all with bottle purchases benefitting the SAAS foundation.
We congratulate our presenters. Way to represent UAB!

Dr. Andrea Gillis presenting her work on parathyroid disease
Our UAB crew enjoying a well deserved dinner out!
Sampling of the limited edition SAAS label bourbon!

Full List of Abstracts:

Assessing Surgeon Competence: Finding The Ideal Tool
Mr. John Bode, Dr. Herb Chen, Dr. Britney Corey, Dr. Danielle Sutzko

Is Preoperative Imaging Localization Necessary For Tertiary Hyperparathyroidism?
Dr. Rongzhi Wang, Dr. Herb Chen, Dr. Brenessa Lindeman, Dr. Jess Fazendin

Lessons Learned from Redo-Redo-Parathyroidectomy: Third Time’s the Charm?
Dr. Kimberly Ramonell, Dr. Brenessa Lindeman, Dr. Herb Chen, Dr. Jess Fazendin

Leadership development among junior surgery residents: communication and perception at different levels of training
Dr. Connie Shao, Ms. Grace Kennedy, Ms. Courtney Rentas, Dr. Herb Chen, Dr. Jess Fazendin

Ethnic Representation in Genomic Studies of Gastroenteropancreatic Neuroendocrine Neoplasms
» Mr. Brendon Herring, Dr. Herb Chen, Dr. J. Bart Rose

Notch1 regulates the cancer stem cell population in pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors
» Dr. Rachael Guenter, Ms. Yichen Guo, Dr. Bin Ren, Dr. Herb Chen

Ranking NIH Funding of Surgical Departments Based Upon a Modified Index
Mr. Sherif Helmey, Dr. Ashley Holder, Dr. J. Bart Rose, Dr. Herb Chen

Asian American Surgical Leaders: How SAAS Made the Difference
Ms. Grace Kennedy, Dr. Emily Austin, Dr. Herb Chen, Dr. Jess Fazendin

Vitamin D Deficiency is Associated with Single Gland Parathyroid Disease
Dr. Andrea Gillis, Dr. Kimberly Ramonell, Dr. Brenessa Lindeman, Dr. Herb Chen, Dr. Jess Fazendin

Dr. Andrea Gillis Begins her AAES Fellowship in Endocrine Surgery

Dr. Andrea Gillis eating the traditional inaugural fellow meal of lamb Parmesan at Gianmarco’s.

We welcome Dr. Andrea Gillis as our AAES Endocrine Surgery fellow for the 2021- 2022 academic year. Dr. Gillis is joining us from the Albany Medical College in Albany, NY. We are delighted to have such a talented and productive researcher and clinician joining our group and we  look forward to seeing all that you accomplish this year, Dr. Gillis!

Dr. Kimberly Ramonell Completes her AAES Fellowship in Endocrine Surgery

Dr. Kimberly Ramonell, our 2020-2021 AAES Endocrine Surgery Fellow has completed her training with us at UAB. Though we are extremely sad to see her go, we wish her all the best at her new Assistant Professor position in Endocrine Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. We gave her a proper send off, with a weekend itinerary including axe throwing, boating on Lake Smith, dinner at the Lindeman’s house, and even a spa day! Dr. Ramonell, you will be missed but we are so excited to see what you accomplish in the coming years. Best of luck!

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